Thursday, 18 September 2014

101 Things.... So Far

101 

9. Make a TBR Jar 
{19. Make a TBR Jar}

  34. Grow Something from a Seed 
{34.Grow Something from a Seed} 

38. Find a personally inspirational quote and work it into a piece of art or home decor 
{38. Find a personally inspirational quote and work it into a piece of art or home decor} 

June Favourites
{53. Come off the pill}

  88. Visit 3 Museums 1/3 {Maritime Museum} 88. Visit 3 Museums 2/3 {Feenways Art Museum} 88. Visit 3 Museums 2/3 {Feenways Art Museum} 
{88. Visit 3 Museums 2/3 Hull Maritime Museum & Feenway Art Museum} 


95. Don't Paint My Nails For a Month 
{95. Don't Paint My Nails For a Month!}

This is a super late post to be honest because these were all the things I had crossed off my list by June. I haven't checked my list to see what I've done since these though. Even though I've only crossed off seven things I really enjoyed all the ones I've done.

I need to re-plot my plants, they're growing so big now, and my nails have never been stronger. I hardly paint them at all now and they grow so long and are so tough.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Fantasy in Death by J.D Robb

Fantasy in Death. Was oh so good! 

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They were best friends, driven by one shared vision - to rule the world of virtual reality games. Cill, hard-edged and beautiful, Var and Benny, brains and business acumen, and Bart, the genius behind the idea. Their newest invention, developed to transport the player into a fantastical virtual world, is just about to be launched.
Then, suddenly, Bart is found brutally killed, defeated by their own game. Their close-knit group is torn apart. Who could have engineered a virtual death with such devastating consequences? 
Even Eve Dallas, New York City's most cunning investigator, is hard-pressed for an answer. But as she digs deeper, peeling back layers of secrets, revenge and misplaced allegiances, she realises with growing dread the depth of the killer's master plan. And she knows his game is far from over.

 I'm a big fan of J.D Robb's In Death series. Fantasy in Death is the 30th book in the series and I've been catching up on it for the past two years so clearly I quite like it. Fantasy in Death was released in 2010 and I really liked the way it opened. The similarities between the old {our time} and the new {the time the book is set in, as the In Death series is set in the future} with the victim's droid set to look like Princess Leia and the idea of virtual gaming, especially with the direction gaming is going in nowadays. Realising who the killer is was quite easy in Fantasy in Death compared to some of the other books in the series but I still enjoyed the overall journey Dallas, Roarke and the rest of the crew took us on. Pretty much my favourite parts of the In Death books are the connections between Dallas, Roarke, Peabody, Feeney, McNab and a whole host of other characters that make this series so likeable along with seeing how Dallas finds the killers, but I also really enjoyed the storyline of the virtual gaming and how Dallas went about solving the murder.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Autumn Wishlist

Autumn Wishlist



I can't believe we're practically in the middle of September, this year has just zoomed right on by but I'm glad the colder months are ahead. I'm a big fan of Autumn and the chance to layer up and snuggle under big comfy jumpers.

I only have a small wishlist for autumn but everything on it is on my must buy list, so with it being small I'm hoping I can achieve that.

A tartan dress has been on my wishlist for a couple of years but I've yet to find one that ticks all my boxes in what I require for it. Red tartan, some sort of collar and doesn't look hideous one and maybe pockets. I might just give in this year and just get which ever one comes closest.

Festive in Death is the newest addition to the In Death series so of course it's on my wishlist!

Yankee Candle Wild Fig is one I bought as a tartlet for our bedroom burner but my other half really loves it so I'm thinking of buying a large one for our living room.

Everyone says you need a white shirt in your wardrobe but they just make me think of my school days so I'm looking for some sort of white top that's smart but simple and can be worn for work but also casual. I'm stuck between the one above from John Lewis (found from bluebellandpumpkin) or one I've seen in Primark. It's not something I'm sure I'm going to love some I'm leaning towards the Primark one.

I do love me a good pair of black ankle boots for the colder months and these ones by Oasis are top of my list right now.

I'm pretty much eyeing up all the maybelline colour elixir lipglosses they've taken a looong time to come to the UK.

A red tartan scarf, obviously not to wear with a tartan dress because that would be over kill but to add a bit of colour to the colder months with my may black outfits.

Nude and burgundy tights because sometimes black ones can get a little bit boring.

Leave me a comment or a link to let me know what's on your autumn wishlist!

Friday, 29 August 2014

The Little Things

new job 

new job...
So the the reason I wasn't online much last week was that I got a job! A full-time job. Today is my last day of training and fingers crossed I passed the big test and actually have the job.

wedding planning ahoy!
Two weeks ago we decided to get on with wedding 'stuff', as we had picked a second wedding date in April {not long to go!} and have decided to go with that. So I sent out a lot of emails and got lots of replies and well it all looks good to go! My favourite photographer is available and in budget {I jumped for joy!}, we found a new venue and it's available for our wedding date and does good food! Our home-town registry office has dates available on our chosen wedding date so we just need to pay the deposit for that soon, we've been looking at renting a vintage bus but we're not sure our budget will stretch yet, we'll have to see how things go. But it is all finally coming together and slowly moving forward! YEY!!!


 outtake 


planing.planing.planing.
I blog five to six days a week on my book blog and although I have a schedule what gets posted on what day and when reviews need to be up by I generally write every post that day, the same for when I post here. But now I have a full-time job that's just not possible. Especially this week and last week were I've brought work home with me to study for my mini tests leading up to my big test. I didn't even read anything last week either. There just wasn't enough time. So after reading Media Marmalade's posts on How To Juggle A Daily Blog & A Full Time Career and How To Run a Blog: Keeping Organised and Inspired I spent my three day weekend planning blog posts & reviews and writing them. Including this one.

movies
So I had a three day weekend last weekend, which means I only had a four day week this week. A first for me ever! So I watched a lot of films on Saturday with my other half as he was hungover and we continued it on Sunday and Monday when he got home from work.
White House Down // Elysium // Olympus Has Fallen // Thor 2 {for the 20th time}// Gravity // The Heat //



pride and p 


spineless classics
Someone blogged about spineless classics last week, I cannot remember who though, but oh mm gee! Amazing. It's made the top of my current wishlist and would look great in any of our rooms if only I could pick one! There are too many, there's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, The Hobbit, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Dracula, Pride and Prejudice, Stardust, there's just too many!

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Rhubarb & Vanilla

Wilkos face mask

While browsing in Wilkinson's the other week I noticed there new range of products and after smelling all of them I really fell in love with the rhubarb and vanilla range. I ended up buying the shower gel and face mask in the rhubarb and vanilla range. I might review the shower gel after using it a bit more but seriously the smell is amazing.

The face mask is an interesting idea, the scent isn't as strong compared to the shower gel but you can still tell what it's meant to be. For £1.50 I wasn't expecting too much. But you can get several uses out of the mask and you can get a nice thick layer and still have lots leftover.

There are no instructions on the package but I think it tends to be a given how you use it. I whacked it on and left it for 10 minutes, it made my face tingle a little and after washing it off my face was lovely and soft without feeling tight.

For £1.50 I think it's a cute product and I liked the idea that you can buy several of the items in each range and get a matching face mask to make up a gift 'basket' for a friend's birthday.